A subsidiary of Community Bankers Association of Illinois (CBAI), CBSC aggregates the “clout” of CBAI member banks to negotiate lower costs and provide improved access to essential bank products and services. CBSC recommends products and services that assist banks with income-production, expense reduction, consulting, marketing, compliance, equipment, insurance, lending, A/L management and payments. Before the CBSC board of directors awards any program an exclusive partnership, it is subjected to a rigorous due diligence review that includes extensive testing by members, occasionally by independent experts, and negotiation of special member-only benefits. This process typically takes up to six months.

Today, CBAI members use an average of more than five CBSC preferred providers. Last year, members collectively saved nearly $ 1.5 million in purchasing discounts from CBSC-recommended firms. Contact CBSC today and share in the savings.

Contact CBSC today if you have any questions!

Digital Banking
Contact: Alexis Marano | Phone: 919/247-9861 | Website:
Apiture is a global-leader in commerce enabling technology and has taken digital banking to the next level by developing a secure, simple and effective product suite to meet the needs of today’s customer. The user-friendly online banking platform makes it easy for businesses and consumers to manage all their banking needs, including online bill pay, cash management for business, and personal financial management for consumers. Apiture, formerly FundsXpress, has been a CBSC Marketing Partner since 1997.

CBAI 401(k) Multiple Employer Plan (MEP)

401(k) Plan
Contact: Nathan WhitePhone: 800/732-8601 | Website:
CBAI has partnered with Midwestern Securities Trading Company and Pentegra to provide a multiple employer 401(k) plan or, MEP. Merging individual bank 401(k) plans into the CBAI MEP enables participating banks to more effectively outsource its 401(k) plan fiduciary responsibilities and liabilities while providing potential cost savings. Most importantly, the MEP is controlled by an oversight committee comprised of banks participating in the MEP. The participating banks have direct input into plan structure, funds selection, etc. CBAI 401(k) MEP has been a CBSC Marketing Partner since 2013.
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CBAI Enhanced Email Services

Email Services
Contact:  Jenny DialPhone: 217/529-2265 | Website:
CBAI's Enhanced Email packages offers banks exchange hosting, remote access, full archiving, encryption, calendaring and Office 365. Packages available also can be customized with an integrated solution of email archiving, email encryption, and file backup to keep information safe, secure and compliant. These email package solutions are designed to meet FINRA and SEC privacy and security requirements, including fully redundant, SOC 2 Type II-audited and backed with outstanding support. CBAI Enhanced Email Services has been a CBSC Marketing Partner since 2011.


CBAI Website Hosting Services

Website Hosting
Contact:  Jenny DialPhone: 217/529-2265 | Website:
CBAI provides your institution’s website with the latest technology, quality, security, and customer support, at an affordable rate. CBAI Website Hosting services offers your bank a complete website hosting package designed especially for CBAI members at a CBAI rate of $1,295 a year. CBAI Website Hosting Services has been a CBSC Marketing Partner since 2000.

CBIS powered by Arthur J. Gallagher & Company

Contact:  Patti Tobin | Phone: 217/414-4485 | Website:
Providing community banks with bond and D&O insurance requires specialized skills, experience, and access to bank-specific markets. That’s why the CBAI board decided in 2011 to partner with a much larger agency that has more expertise to professionally assess bank risk, and the size to access markets that were previously unavailable to us. Through the CBAI-Gallagher partnership, CBAI members now have access to more insurance products and better coverage at competitive rates. CBAI powered by Arthur J. Gallagher & Company has been a CBSC Marketing Partner since 2011.
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College Ave Student Loans

Student Loans
Contact:  Reid MoehnPhone: 619/865-3395 | Website: 
Illinois banks are now be able to offer their customers a full suite of private student loan products supported by top-notch service while avoiding all loan administration responsibility and credit risk. College Ave 's referral program gives Illinois’ community banks the ability to serve the higher education funding needs of their customers and local communities with a trusted partner in the student loan industry. College Ave is known for competitive interest rates, flexible repayment terms and first-class customer service. Additionally, the online application is easy to complete and submit. Borrowers receive an instant credit decision in less than three-minutes. College Ave Student Loans has been a CBSC Marketing Partner since 2019.


CRA Partners

CRA Credit
Contact:  David Lenoir  | Phone: 901/529-4786 | Website:
CRA Partners helps create safe and secure living environments for the elderly with help from local banks. CRA Partners has helped hundreds of community banks across the country protect residents of low-income senior housing facilities through its trusted Senior Crimestoppers program. Partner with CRA and you will receive CRA credit, boost your community relations profile and develop new business relationships, while ensuring safe, secure environments in nursing homes, HUD communities, and veterans homes. With hundreds of banks already participating in the program, CRA Partners are protecting thousands of seniors and veterans across America. CRA Partners has been a CBSC Marketing Partner since 2020.


UCC Search, Retrieval and Filing
Contact:   | Phone: 800/858-5294 ext 63714 | Website:
CSC web-based due diligence and document retrieval services provide the most complete and accurate Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) search and filing, and portfolio management services nationwide. CSC provides powerful online management tools that track and audit member banks' UCC filings and generate reminders of filing expirations. CBAI members receive discounts up to 45%. CSC has been a CBSC Marketing Partner since 2004.


Packaged Checking
Contact:  Nancy Planells | Phone: 314/323-2252 | Website:
Implementing a new benefit-enhanced checking solution will generate significant fee income while providing value-added services that your customers will thank you for including in their checking account. Banks report earning up to $60 per year in net profit per DDA, and CBAI members receive preferred pricing on the secure checking package. Customers also receive cell phone protection, identity protection, online and mobile shopping discounts and more. Econocheck has been a CBSC Marketing Partner since 2018.
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Merchant Card Services
Contact: Mitch May | Phone: 619/500-1404Website: | Phone: 817/698-2268 
Contact: Rian ClintonPhone: 817/698-2253
Fitech enables community banks to provide small business clients with merchant card processing at no risk to the bank, while generating a new revenue stream of 30%-50% of the net margin. Fitech’s focus is in providing community bank business customers with competitive pricing and superior customer service. Fitech has partnered with Autobooks to offer a suite of enhanced services that improves cash flow for small businesses. The Autobooks solution integrates with the bank’s core to provide small businesses with access to streamlined payables, receivables, online payment and accounting. Fitech has been a CBSC Marketing Partner since 2015 and was CBAI 2016 Vendor of the Year.

Harland Clarke Printed Products

Check Printing/Direct Marketing Services
Contact: Diane Schipkowski | Phone: 815/493-8763 | Website:
Contact: Francis Garcia | Phone: 210/714-5822
Contact: Lauren Sarkisian | Phone: 312/405-3374
Harland Clarke is a leading provider of customer engagement solutions that help connect businesses and people how, when, and where it matters. Key solutions include Digital Knowledge Management, Voice of the Customer, Contact Center Services, and Instant Card Issuance. Member banks that enter into a check-purchasing agreement with Harland Clarke earn marketing dollars on every check order, which are redeemable at up to 75% of the purchase price of additional products and services. Member banks also receive a 5% rebate on marketing services, MICR forms and card services. Harland Clarke has been a CBSC Marketing Partner since 1988 and CBAI Vendor of the Year in 1996, 2002, and 2013.
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ICBA Bancard/TCM Bank

Credit Cards
Contact: Julie Hanson | Phone: 608/873-9374 | Website:
ICBA Bancard provides community banks with a number of cutting-edge credit card options. As a direct card issuer, your bank owns its receivables, retains 100% of the interest income and fees, approves all applications, and can tailor its program to meet the specific needs of your customers. If your bank isn’t ready to manage its own credit card program, or wants to sell an existing portfolio, the TCM Bank program is your answer. Your bank retains the relationship with the customer and a portion of the profit! ICBA Bancard has been a CBSC Marketing Partner since 2010 and TCM Bank has been a CBSC Marketing Partner since 2004.

Informa Financial Intelligence - Since 2012


Peer Analysis
Contact: Michael Stinson | Phone: 415/754-8659 | Website:
BankTrends is a Call Report-based peer analysis tool that allows users to review performance trends at banks and compare those trends against peer groups, which can be changed with the click of a button. Subscription rates are $255/quarter or $1,360/year. CBAI members receive a 15% discount! BankTrends has been a CBSC Marketing Partner since 2012.
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Contact: Bridgette HardonkPhone: 212/600-3693 | Website:
Informagic’s deposit rate module allows users to make better product and pricing decisions…Faster! The online platform arms users with customizable alerts, executive dashboards, and sophisticated custom reporting, making it easy to identify potential opportunities and threats in your deposit portfolio. CBAI members enjoy a 50% member discount..


Managed IT for Community Banks
Contact: Joe Carty | Phone: 608/519-5567 | Website:
IRONCORE provides innovative technology solutions based on banking industry knowledge and best-practice methodology for cybersecurity, cloud hosting, managed networks and IT lifecycle management. CBAI members receive a 5% discount. IRONCORE has been a CBSC Marketing Partner since 2020.


Contact: Scott RichardsonPhone: 847/902-3401| Website:
Contact: Phil AdertonPhone: 630/561-9071
BOLI plans are commonly used by banks to fund the ever-rising cost of executive and employee benefits and are powerful tools to help recruit and retain key employees. Bank regulations and tax laws are complex. The experts at IZALE have proven themselves to be among the best in the business at structuring plans that maximize return and avoid unanticipated tax consequences. IZALE will provide CBAI members with a complimentary, no-obligation review of their existing plan. IZALE has been a CBSC Marketing Partner since 2021.


Reward Checking/Web Development and Marketing
Contact: Colleen AllisonPhone: 630/442-9090| Website:
Kasasa® is an innovative leader in branded, community-powered banking products proven to drive profit and growth for community financial institutions. With unprecedented access to training, compliance, research, support resources and customized consulting, Kasasa's flagship suite provides a research-based strategy leveraging the power of a branded relationship platform. Kasasa is making community financial institutions the topic of conversation for happy consumers nationwide, and CBAI members receive a 5% discount on all fees. Kasasa has been a CBSC Marketing Partner since 2006 and CBAI Vendor of the Year in 2007.
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Risk Management
Contact: Theo AtkinsonPhone: 312/479-0052 | Website:
Ncontracts is a leading provider of compliance and risk management solutions to the financial services industry. With over 3,700 customers, the company’s powerful combination of software and services provides community banks with an integrated, user-friendly cloud-based solution suite that encompasses the lifecycle of risk and compliance: vendor management, operational risk, audit and findings, and lending compliance. CBAI members receive a 5% discount on one-time and annual subscription fees in addition to multiple module discounts for the following: Ncomply-a compliance management system that includes a library of rules and regulations, Ncontinuity-business continuity management software, Nfindings-audit and exam findings management software, Nrisk-enterprise risk management software, Nvendor-vendor management software, NboardPortal-board portal software, and Ntranet-employee intranet and portal. Ncontracts has been a CBSC Marketing Partner since 2019.

Regency 360

Office Supplies, Printed Materials, Promotional Products and Apparel
Contact: John BybeePhone: 217/653-4028 | Website:
Regency’s Online Company Store automates the acquisition, distribution, warehousing and invoicing of office supplies, corporate-logoed apparel and promotional items. The gained efficiencies save time. Bulk purchasing, offsite storage and on-demand fulfillment saves money. The administrative dashboard puts bank management in control of all aspects of the supply chain including product usage by department and branch. Automate bank purchasing today! Regency 360 has been a CBSC Marketing Partner since 2019.


Debit/ATM Network Services
Contact: Patrick DixPhone: 800-537-5427 | Website:
SHAZAM is the only nationwide independent, member-owned debit network, processor and core provider supporting community banks. SHAZAM ensures their clients have the products and services they demand and expect in a cost-effective way. Founded in 1976 and headquartered in Iowa, SHAZAM is a leader in payments and financial technology with a simple mission: Strengthening community financial institutions. CBAI members receive an annual rebate of $50 per ATM. SHAZAM has been a CBSC Marketing Partner Since 2000 and was CBAI Vendor of the Year in 2001, 2005, and 2011.
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The Baker Group

A/L Management and Investment Portfolio Strategies
Contact: Terry McElwee | Phone: 888/333-7704 | Website:
Contact: Jason Vlcek | Phone: 888/333-5668
Contact: Ken Judd | Phone: 888/333-0750
Contact: Deon Perryman | Phone: 800/960-6990
The Baker Group is one of the nation’s largest independently owned securities firms specializing in investment portfolio management for community financial institutions. Since 1979, they’ve helped clients improve decision-making, manage interest rate risk, and maximize investment portfolio performance. Their proven approach of total resource integration utilizes software and products developed by Baker’s Software Solutions combined with the firm’s investment experience and advice. The Baker Group has been a CBSC Marketing Partner since 1983 and was CBAI Vendor of the Year in 1993, 1998, 2003, and 2019.
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The Stone River Group

Electric and Gas Procurement
Contact: Don Frontone | Phone: 217/737-5811 | Website:
The Stone River Group’s (SRG) electric and gas procurement experts are independent of any energy producers, sellers or transmitters. They do not make or sell power-they make it more affordable for CBAI members. To ensure CBAI members receive the best possible price, SRG solicits qualified proposals from a number of gas and electricity service providers. Additionally, SRG consultants will aggregate members from the same region of the state and use their combined purchasing power to negotiate even lower rates. The Stone River Group has been a CBSC Marketing Partner since 2018.

Welch Systems

Money Handling Equipment
Contact: Jeff Radtke | Phone: 847/341-0747 | Website:
Members receive a discount of not less than 6% off WSI’s standard pricing on world class money handling equipment and a double warranty when a maintenance agreement is signed at time of order. Equipment includes coin sorters, currency counters, coin wrappers, MICR encoders, ATMs, Intelligent Cash Recyclers and Self-Service Coin Solutions. Welch Systems has been a CBSC Marketing Partner since 1982 and was CBAI Vendor of the Year in 2014.
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Wolters Kluwer

Loan and Deposit Automation Software/HMDA Compliance Solution
Contact: Regina Graham | Phone: 888/676-6663 | Website:
Contact: Darci Huth | Phone:  330/509-2278
Contact: Shayna WestPhone: 216/469-5286
Wolters Kluwer® is the market leader in providing compliance, credit, and operational risk management solutions to a variety of financial institutions. The company’s integrated and stand-alone deposit, lending, IRA, and Financial Intelligence solutions can help financial institutions efficiently comply with federal and state regulations. When you work with Wolters Kluwer, you will always receive a 10% discount for being a CBAI member. Wolters Kluwer has been a CBSC Marketing Partner since 1988.
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Wolters Kluwer Cash Suite

Credit Analysis Software
Contact: Joe Ley | Phone: 320/828-6610 | Website:
Contact: Regina Graham | Phone: 888/676-6663
Wolters Kluwer's CASH Suite TM is comprised of nine integrated solutions that provide community banks with a powerful commercial lending software solution that helps business lenders increase profits and grow top-line revenue by achieving straight-through-processing across every step of the commercial loan lifecycle. Wolters Kluwer has been a CBSC Marketing Partner since 1988.

Wolters Kluwer® TSoftPlus™

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Software
Contact: Joe Ley | Phone: 320/828-6610 | Website:
Contact: Regina Graham | Phone: 888/676-6663
Wolters Kluwer® TSoftPlus™ is designed to help banks and credit unions support small businesses with payroll funding during the COVID-19 crisis. In response to Congressional passage of the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act), Wolters Kluwer Compliance Solutions has launched a dedicated solution, Paycheck Protection Program supported by TSoftPlus™, utilizing its market-leading SaaS-based software. Wolters Kluwer has been a CBSC Marketing Partner since 1988.


A Real Community Bank Image Program

Contact: Valerie Johnston | Phone: 217/529-2265
CBAI is proud to present the Real Community Bank Image Program, available only to CBAI active member financial institutions. A Real Community Bank is one which takes its commitment to its community seriously. This is a bank in which decisions are made locally, for the betterment of the home area in mind. CBAI leadership believes that, while we may recognize the difference between a community bank and a mega-bank, too many mega-bank imposters are attempting to claim our identity. The Real Community Bank Image Program, now implemented in nearly 20 other states throughout the United States, harnesses the power of professionally produced commercials which can be personalized for your bank. It's designed to accurately and compellingly inform viewers, listeners, and/or readers about what makes a community bank better.
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Young & Associates

Contact: Tracy McQuinn | Phone: 217/529-2265 | Website:
CBAI is pleased to offer you access to this critical guide to survival, the Community Bankers for Compliance (CBC) Program. The CBC Program is the most successful and longest running compliance training program in the country. The CBC Program is presented by Young & Associates, Inc., a nationally-recognized compliance consulting firm specializing in community banks.


CBAI Compensation Survey
Contact: Valerie Johnston | Phone: 217/529-2265 | Website:
Is your bank competing effectively with your peers to attract, reward and retain the top talent in today’s job market? What is your strategy to win the race for qualified leadership and employees? The Compensation measures only Illinois community banks and reports the findings by geographical area and asset size. Salaries, incentive pay, directors’ fees, 80 benchmark positions, paid time off and more are measured. Members that participate receive the results for FREE!
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CBC Program
Contact: Jennifer Nika | Phone: 217/529-2265 | Website:
CBAI is pleased to offer you access to this critical guide to survival, the Community Bankers for Compliance (CBC) Program. Now beginning its twenty-fourth year, the CBC Program is the most successful and longest running compliance training program in the country. The CBC Program is presented by Young & Associates, Inc., a nationally-recognized compliance consulting firm specializing in community banks.
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